Last year's much-lauded and internationally successful book and film Gomorra, an insider exposé on the brutality and corruption of the Neapolitan mafia, probably wouldn't have caused too many high-fives inside the office of the Naples tourist board. What might cause them a little more cheer is the opening of Romeo Hotel, which claims to be the city's first design-led modern hotel of the five star variety.
Based on a Fifties building right on the waterfront, the ten-floor glass-fronted building designed by Japanese architects Kenzo Tange Associates offers a decidedly more stylish and contemporary view of Naples. With a sushi restaurant, spa, cigar room and views over nearby Vesuvius and Capri, there's no real reason to brave the mean streets at all. Hotel Romeo, Via Cristoforo Colombo 45, from €330.00 per room per night.